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Julie Cajune

Julie Cajune is an independent educational consultant and enrolled member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe.  She has worked on culturally responsive educational materials for the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, the National Park Service, the Montana Historical Society and numerous other entities. She conducted a three-year project developing tribal history materials funded by the Montana State Legislature. In 2009 Utne Reader named Julie as one of “50 visionaries changing your world.” That same year, she was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Kellogg grant was housed at Salish Kootenai College. Grant activities focused on documenting community histories of tribes in Montana and across the country. Julie is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a recipient of the 2011Montana Governor’s Humanities Award. During 2012, Julie co-wrote, produced, and performed a one-woman play Belief. She worked with Emmy-nominated pianist David Lanz, world flutist Gary Stroutsos, violin virtuoso Swil Kanim, and world percussionist David Revelli to create an original music score for the play. Belief premiered at the Bigfork Center for Performing Arts in Montana, and has been performed throughout the state, as well as in Hawaii and Spain. Julie traveled to Isle of Skye in Scotland to perform Belief during September of 2015. 

Ms. Cajune launched the Institute's fieldtrip to the Flathead Reservation by giving us an overview historical talk about the history of the Salish, Pend d'Oreilles and Kootenai peoples at Council Groves National Park, the site where the Hellgate Treaty of 1855 was signed.